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How to create a backdrop wall in your studio

How to create your own backdrop wall in your ‘studio’

My studio is in estate agents terms: ‘bijou and compact’, the quality of the images I produce means this is irrelevant as I am sure most photographers will agree – size doesn’t matter!

However, I wanted to have the ability to use my wonderful range of backdrops (from Photographers Floors and Backdrops in the UK) without having to take up vital space with stands and poles etc…

I wanted something that would be absolutely solid when hung and that there was no chance of it falling off the wall and landing on to a client.  It had to be straight which is why I used a baton to secure the hooks to the wall, as I only then had to make sure the hooks lined up on the already straight baton.

So here’s how I transformed my walls!

 

You will need: 

  • Backdrop(s) of the SAME height
  • Sharp scissors
  • Eyelet rings (the ones you use for curtains – standard size or bigger)
  • Thin wooden baton slightly wider than the width of your backdrop and thick enough to hold hooks.
  • 5 hooks that screw into the above baton – bear in mind that they may be at eye height so something safe not sharp.
  • Drill, raw plugs, wall screws and spirit level and relevant safety equipment.
  • Floor space big enough to lay out your backdrops flat.
  • A helpful person!

 

step-1-backdrop-tina-bolton-photography-4sqStep 1

Measure the spaces where you want the rings to be.  In my 5ft width backdrop I used 5 rings.  Using the rings as a template.  Make sure each ring is the same distance from the top to ensure they all hang at the same height on the backdrop.

 

 

 

 

step-2-backdrop-tina-bolton-photography-5sqStep 2

Cut out the holes for the eyelets – cut the holes slightly bigger than the circle you drew.

 

 

 

 

step-3-backdrop-tina-bolton-photography-3sqStep 3

Separate the eyelet rings (use closed scissors to unclip them) and push the ring with the spikes through the hole to ensure a good grip and click the other half on.  Eyelets are usually designed for quite thick fabrics and they went through the vinyl quite easily.

Repeat steps 1-3 until you are happy that you have enough eyelet rings to provide safe hooks.

 

 

 

step-5-backdrop-tina-bolton-photography-6sqStep 4

Prepare your baton to the correct length (paint it the matching colour you want and leave to dry) then mark out where it’s going to go using a spirit level to ensure it is perfectly straight.  Mark out your holes, drill, apply raw plugs.

Before you fix your baton to the wall, place it on the floor and place your first prepared backdrop over it and line up the edges and where your hooks will go in relation to the eyelet holes – mark them up.

Now fix the baton to the wall. (I used three screws – one either end plus a central one.)

 

step-4-backdrop-tina-bolton-photography-10sqStep 5

Attach your hooks to the baton

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 6

Hang your backdrops!  With the single door hooks I can hang three backdrops.

 

 

 

 

Points to note:

Since hanging the backdrops I would advise the following:  create a baton with three extra hooks spaced apart as before – then this will make it easier to swap your backdrops around.

The eyelet rings means they will not roll up as neatly for the tubes as before but you can either tie them once rolled, or simply unclip the eyelet rings temporarily.  I use the bottom of the backdrop with velcro to attach to a backdrop and pole system when needed at a mobile event.

How to create your own backdrop wall with pics Downloadable PDF

I hope this helps – get in touch and let me know or if you have any questions!  tina@tinabolton.co.uk

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New Year’s Day Sale

Happy New Year!! For those of you who like a bargain today’s bargain links on photo shoots and camera courses is here
Remember – this is the last of our special festive flash sales which ends tomorrow. Grab your bargain now!
Vouchers can be downloaded upon payment so you can still surprise that special someone!

 

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The online course for the Take Better Photos has a code too- use this for a whopping £135 OFF so you pay only £60!!! NY2014

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Festive Flash sale day 3

Happy Christmas and for those of you who like a bargain today’s bargain links on photo shoots and camera courses is here

Remember – each day the bargains are still there but the price rises slightly the later you leave it!!
Vouchers can be downloaded upon payment so you can still surprise that special someone!

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The online course for the Take Better Photos has a code too- use this for a whopping £145 OFF so you pay only £50!!! BOX1

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Day One of the Festive Flash Sale

Have a wonderful Christmas and for those of you who like a bargain today’s bargain links on photo shoots and camera courses is here:
Remember – each day the bargains are still there but the price rises slightly the later you leave it!!
Vouchers can be downloaded upon payment so you can still surprise that special someone!
The online course for the Take Better Photos has a code too- use this for a whopping £165 OFF so you pay only £30!!! XMAS1

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Festive Flash Deals

As I know so many of you hunt for bargains on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (I know, I know!!)  I thought I would treat you to my Festive flash sales – they will start on Christmas Eve and end on the 3rd of January 2014.

 

There is a knack to bagging the best of the bargains though, you see, although you’ll get great offers on any of those days, the earlier you purchase the deal – the more savings you will make as each day the prices increase ever so slightly.  Best of all, if you wanted to buy a last minute gift to give on Christmas morning, you can!  With our downloadable Gift vouchers!!  Offers include Complete Photoshoots (inc prints and all images on disc from £400 – saving over £500!!)  and Photography Workshops from £25.

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So  Best Bargain Ever!  + Downloadable Vouchers = Remember to go to the Tina Bolton Website from Christmas Eve onwards!!

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10 years and going stronger than ever!

Oh My!  I can’t quite believe that it’s been 10 years since I first started my pregnancy photography business back in 2003.

When I first began photographing bumps back in 1999, NO-ONE in the UK was offering a specialist/dedicated maternity photography service.  I know, because I trawled the adverts, magazines and internet looking for someone.  In the end a lovely art student took some photos of me, which was the turning point for today.  I gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl who was probably the most photographed baby on the planet!!  I went back to work in the City part-time but still this niggling voice kept saying “go on you can do it!”  I went back to college (St Martins) and sharpened my craft, meeting some amazing photographers along the way!  I began asking pregnant women to pose for me so I could develop a style…not many took me up on the offer as they all thought I was a bit weird for asking!  Then, the ‘hooha’ over THAT image of Demi Moore kicked up again and suddenly pregnant women ‘got it’!  I had a bouncing baby boy in the meantime and planned my business during his first year.  I was one of just 4 photographers in the UK offering a dedicated pregnancy photography service.  Clients travelled from all over the UK and even Europe (they came by ferry!) to be photographed.

My first ever professional shoot

My first ever professional shoot

My husband, although supportive, didn’t think that many pregnant women would want their photos taken.  He did, however, buy me a bigger camera to get me started.  A Pentax with manual everything including focus and film.  Imagine!  Digital SLR’s weren’t around then, so you had to know your settings and exposures.  I found some hand-printers to develop my work, and gradually word spread…..BBC South Today ran a news piece on prime time TV of me actually photographing a pregnant lady and then spent hours interviewing us for a 2 minute piece.  I was so excited although I do regret not having had my hair done properly!  Next, BBC Radio 2 presenter Janey Lee Grace and I worked together when she was pregnant with baby number 3 and again with baby no 4, much of this work is in both her wonderful books ‘Imperfectly Natural Mother’ and ‘Imperfectly Natural Baby and Toddler’  More book work and celebrity shoots with TV presenters, actors and stunning models followed…usually with me completely unaware of who I was about to photograph ( I am not good at recognising famous people – I photographed an event for a Chelsea footballer, blissfully unaware – sorry boys!)  I’ll never forget arriving at the home of one client, to have the door opened by her husband who at the time was a reasonably famous actor and  is now a VERY big Hollywood A lister (I won’t name names) and it was an absolute delight to photograph both of them.  Becoming a parent is no different, whether you are in the spotlight or not.  You still want to do these special things to celebrate such a wonderful time in your lives.  More recently I have photographed the wonderful Sir Bruce Forsyth (top man!), Denise Lewis OBE and many more at a charity golf day.

Word about my work spread and for a number of years I worked closely with the  NCT (National Childbirth Trust) head office producing their national breastfeeding campaign posters, most of which are still in use today.  As well as producing the perfect baby bottom image for Metanium cream!!

Brave clients being interviewed by the BBC

Brave clients being interviewed by the BBC

Pregnancy photography has been my absolute passion all the way through. In the beginning I was determined to educate women that they can be photographed pregnant and nude and look amazing.  I worked with Photography magazines, pregnancy books and magazines, who ran my articles and published my work.  Gradually more and more pregnant women realised how beautiful they looked.  Other photographers also picked up on this fast-growing trend.  I am pleased to say that many styles you see today were inspired by much of my original work, although I am still one of a few photographers who work with pregnant nudes.  Women I have never met before, seem more than happy to take the majority of their clothes off and stand in all their glowing glory while I photograph them in flattering ways.  Everyone tells me that I quickly make them feel at ease, and that having a bump also acts as a shield for their nudity.  I love seeing their expression as they spend precious time interacting with their bumps and thinking of things to come – simply breath-taking.

I never planned to go on to photograph newborns and babies, that side of the business evolved as clients returned time and again with their growing families.  The age of digital meant I could do away with a permanent studio and was able to be even more flexible with where and how I photographed.  My first digital camera?  A Canon 20D with just 8.2MP!!  My Samsung phone has more than that today!!  These days I work with a Canon 5D mk I and mkII.

The wonder of a bump

The wonder of a bump

I am constantly learning new techniques and skills, you never stop learning.  I began teaching a few years ago running workshops and courses in primary and senior schools, as well as with local councils, teaching their teachers how to use their cameras better and how to engage their pupils using the power of photography.  I LOVE running workshops and enabling people, especially parents, how to develop enough knowledge to confidently come off their AUTO buttons and take better photos.  Seeing those little ‘light bulb’ moments as everything falls into place is brilliant!  I can also proudly watch the successes of people who have now realised their dream of becoming a professional photographer through training they have had with me.

Local community is really important to me and putting back wherever possible is essential.  The support I have received from my local community  has been fantastic, and over the years we have raised lots of money for the NCT; special baby units; childhood eye cancer (CHECT), and local special needs play-schemes (who has a rather splendid fireman’s calendar then!?) to name but a few.  Wherever possible I donate gift vouchers, time and prizes to local schools and events.

These last 10 years have been an absolute blast!  I have discovered so much about taking photos and working with various people that I am really excited about the next 10 years!!

So, whats next?  Well my business has now split into three distinct sections:

 

Tina Bolton Photography still offers THE highest standards of professional maternity and newborn photography to a wonderful array of clients (thank you – you know who you are!) with only the absolute best products and two very distinct collections to choose from.

Blue Hedgehog Photography aims to bring a simpler service to a wider audience, still concentrating on bumps, babies and under 3’s, however, I have developed a ‘junior’ team of photographers who, with occasional help from me, will capture your pregnancy or baby’s moments on a more restricted budget.

Cameras and Cake  (the name derives from my first ever workshops I ran a few years ago) which provides three hour, fun, coffee morning style workshops, to learn how to use your camera better.  I can now announce that the on-line version of this and a few other courses will be launching very soon.  Watch this space.

Finally, I would like to say thank you to all of my lovely, lovely clients from the last 10 years.  In particular to those who were my earliest pregnancy clients – you were also ahead of your time and you were brave enough to trust me with your glorious bumps!

 

A wonderful video celebrating the last 10 years to the right!

 

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Cameras and Cake Photography Workshops

 

You know that moment when you think you have taken the picture of THE CENTURY, only to look at that back of the camera and discover it’s out of focus/too dark/too light/you missed that smile….

The Cameras and Cake workshops are designed to give you enough information in just three hours to improve your photography so that you never experience that disappointment again, plus you get to eat cake and share a cuppa with other like-minded people.

These workshops are going down a STORM!  The cake is delicious and at our last workshop Aleshia (who runs For The Love of Cakes and makes the cakes) attended the workshop and is now LOVING her camera.

  • The workshops are held in Greatham (near Petersfield) on the last Wednesday of each month.
  • Groups of friends can book their very own morning to suit them (min of 4 people needed).
  • From 9.30am-12.30pm with a maximum of 6 people.  You only need to attend one course.
  • We ALWAYS have a delicious cake* and lots of TEA!!  (and coffee!)
  • Easy to absorb (no geek jargon allowed) and more importantly, lots of opportunity to put into practise information on using your camera.
  • Suitable whether you have the latest DSLR or a dinky little point and shoot.
  • The tips and tricks I share with you will enable your photography to improve straight away!
* Gluten and dairy free options available please ask.
What have other people said about the workshops:
” I am LOVING my camera now, I seem to get so much more out of it, I am even eyeing up my husband’s camera…watch this space”  Aleshia, Liss
” I took some photos of my boys playing rugby at school that afternoon, not only were they in focus, they looked so much brighter and vibrant, thank you again!” Emma, Bradshott

 

It’s just sooo nice doing something for yourself and focusing on something different, the cake was good too!!”  Dawn, Havant

 

” I learnt more in three hours than I did on a course I took a few years ago, thank you”  Matt, Farnham

 

“I am never using the automatic button on my camera again!”  Ian, Guildford

So…

Read and print out a cameras and cake photography workshops leaflet OR pop along to our facebook page!  Remember to hit ‘like’.

Book your place by calling Tina on 07976 302937 or emailing her.

 

 

 

 

 

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REAL photography training

9 years ago, my children were 1 and 4 and they kept me pretty busy!!  I decided to launch Tina Bolton Photography, photographing pregnant women and their beautiful bumps.  I had one camera, one lens, a few training courses under my belt, a bit of research and a massive dose of self confidence…(well the type that comes just as you are about to do a parachute jump for the first time anyway!!)  Thus proving that you can set up a successful business and run a house and young family.

Today, I regularly photograph pregnant women, who bring along their cute babies and growing families for me to capture.  I have learnt soooo many valuable lessons along the way, made mistakes, both large and small.  I have invested (wasted) hard-earned cash and yet I have achieved success.  I sometimes wish that the 2012 me had been around in 2003 to guide me in my photography business.  The thing is, I am around to guide YOU, if you are thinking of setting up your own photography business or simply need some help, ideas and advice in your current photography business.

I have attended lots of training courses myself over the years, some good and some not so good!  The one common theme throughout all of them is that they alluded to ‘teaching’ that ‘missing ingredient’ or being in depth, when in fact they only touched on really important issues.  I aim to change all that with these courses, and make sure you get to the heart of what you need to be successful.  The fact that I provide a follow up mentoring service for 2 months as well, means you have plenty of opportunity to ask questions and gain individually tailored advice.

The next course will run on the 11th and 12th of October 2012 at the beautiful Langrish House Hotel, Petersfield in the gorgeous Hampshire countryside.

It is run over two days and can be booked as one or two days.

A quick peek into what we will be covering..

Day One:   Getting to grips with your camera with simple to use & easy to understand techniques with ideas for posing and capturing candid portrait shots.  How to use the free, natural light in all seasons and what equipment you REALLY need to run a successful photography business (this will surprise you!)  A practical in the afternoon to put your newly acquired skills to the test.

 

Day Two:  ‘Speed Photoshop’, tips and shortcuts for enhancing beautiful portraits clients love.  Creating and using actions and image effects, plus getting started in Lightroom. Finally, we will cover suppliers that are essential, pricing, marketing and profitable product ideas.

That’s not all, the course includes a telephone mentoring service for two months after the course as well as an E-book of the course itself.  Each day will also include refreshments, buffet lunch and afternoon tea.

Langrish House Hotel has 13 rooms, is 5 minutes drive from the Winchester A272 exit on the A3 and there are also a number of hotels available within a short drive.

Each day has a limited number of attendees.  This course is specially designed for those thinking of or about to become a professional photographer and those who need some solid, profitable and timesaving advice.  The aim of the course is to boost your chances of success and to share all the accumulated experience and knowledge I have gained over the years, so you don’t have to waste anymore of your valuable time.

PLEASE NOTE: Geographical limitations will apply, for example there will be approx 25 miles distance between each attendee’s base so that you can be confident that the other attendees are NOT your potential competition.  For this reason we cannot accept applicants who are local to Petersfield and the immediate surrounding areas.  This means that places are offered on a first come first served basis.  If two photographers from a similar region apply, the first one to pay in full will receive a place on the course, however, as these courses run regularly, places will then be offered on the next one.

***S T O P    P R E S S ***        For our launch we are offering the course at a reduced rate as well as offering a discount for booking both days.  ***S T O P   P R E S S ***

 

It’s very exciting and I can’t wait to share so many ideas and techniques with you that will really boost your photography and your business.

For more details please contact me or to book your place on-line click here ,  download the booking form for the training course, and The Real Photography Training Course Prices

 

**Usual price will be £350 per day or £600 for both days  Our launch price has been reduced – book now to take advantage of our special launch price!

 

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